Sunday, 18 March 2012

Sylvia Says #8: Best Vegan Bolognese

With the exception of the "chicken strips" for our sweet and sour chicken, we don't generally buy fake meats. Sometimes I am tempted and hover around them at the supermarket, but after reading the labels I just can't bring myself to buy them. They're also pretty expensive!

This recipe for homemade vegan "mince" was a real discovery. It adds substance, texture and a beautiful flavour to dishes and contains none of the nasty additives or other artificial things found in commercial faux meats. I usually make a big batch and freeze it so it's on hand when needed.

Just like the sausage rolls, it's hard to imagine how good this will taste before you try it. It is made from cauliflower, walnuts and some spices, all ground up and roasted. You can add it in to lots of dishes, but our favourite way to eat this is in bolognese sauce. Sylvia loves anything tomato-y, but she really loves this sauce. And it's so healthy!

Best Vegan Bolognese Sauce

Half a batch of faux meat

2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
about 8 tomatoes, diced
2 heaped tsp tomato paste
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried oregano

Fry onion in oil for a few minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for about 20 minutes. I usually blend the sauce with an immersion blender at this stage because Sylvia prefers the smooth consistency. Add faux meat and simmer for a few more minutes. Mix sauce with pasta, or anything else you choose!

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